Mad Bastards (2011)
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TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of amazing characters who open up a way of life infused with music and hunting and community
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Critic Reviews for Mad Bastards
There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.
Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.
Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.
Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.
Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.
The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.
The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.
The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.
While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.
A big heart and powerful moments make this little Aussie film the must watch local production of 2011.
A harsh tale told in a soft voice by Brendan Fletcher, who uses a full soundtrack to calm our jangling emotions. The film is understated in its redemptive message
A brave and insightful glimpse filled with revelations and fascination into the aboriginal culture and the region
Brendan Fletcher's ... Mad Bastards is a very human tale told with an electric vibrancy rarely found in dramas of this ilk. It lives and breathes and meanders freely, in the spirit of the Kimberley storytellers who inspired the film.
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